Rebel Heart

Madonna - Rebel Heart
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2015 Ratings: #659 / 772
User Score
Based on 366 ratings
2015 Ratings: #535
March 10, 2015 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
AllMusic

The ambition remains, along with the hunger to remain on the bleeding edge, but she's allowing her past to mingle with her present, allowing her to seem human yet somewhat grander at the same time.

76
Paste
This new batch of songs feels and sounds raw and powerful, like the woman herself, if occasionally a little hamfisted.
70
Rolling Stone

Rebel Heart is a long, passionate, self-referential meditation on losing love and finding purpose in chilling times.

70
Slant Magazine

There are moments throughout Rebel Heart where Madonna carves out new, exhilarating territory for both herself and mainstream pop at large.

70
Drowned in Sound

The idea of Madonna as an indestructible spirit of pop runs rampant through her mostly excellent thirteenth studio album Rebel Heart, a record whose strengths are timeless and whose faults are somewhat more modern.

70
musicOMH

For all its flaws, there’s something undeniably addictive about Rebel Heart, and even the songs that don’t work so well are still a million times better than anything gathered on MDNA or Hard Candy.

70
Billboard

Her essential interests are unchanging -- dancefloor ecstasy, European balladry, 1960s pop classicism -- but her expression of them finds new articulations.

67
A.V. Club

Madonna endures because she’s never been afraid to own her imperfections, and be emotionally forthright about, well, everything. Rebel Heart finds her doing both of those things, and the music is better for it.

65
The Line of Best Fit

Rebel Heart is chaotic. It’s often amazing, and occasionally crap .If she deleted half of its tracks, it’d be the comeback record she was hoping for.

60
Time Out London
‘Rebel Heart’ may lack cohesion, but she’s definitely not down for the count: this contains some of the best music Madonna’s made in a decade.
60
PopMatters

Rebel Heart has a profoundly human element to it, one that paints Madonna more as a person than a product, which is in and of itself a minor miracle.

60
Spin

Even in the record's clunkier moments, it's gratifying to hear Madonna leaning defiantly (and gleefully) into what many would consider to be the less savory elements of her personality. 

60
The Guardian

Rebel Heart is that long because it is essentially two separate albums. One is wistful and thick with reflections on failed love affairs and intimations of self-doubt ... The other offers dirty talk and defiant I’m-still-here snarls set to EDM-inspired productions, frequently the handiwork of Diplo.

58
Pretty Much Amazing

For every godawful moment, which come and go with a sad frequency on Rebel Heart, there are glimmers of virtuosity buried within the overworked mess.

51
Pitchfork

Rebel Heart grows confusing and irreconcilably uneven as it progresses.

50
NME
‘Rebel Heart’ finds 56-year-old Madonna still trying to pass herself off as a teenager. It’s a disconnect that has become increasingly grating.
50
Consequence of Sound

Rebel Heart leans too steeply into too many trends at once, making it a scattered affair that flashes between drudgery and brilliance.

oh
49
This sounds exactly like MDNA but, with less EDM and more Pop. I don't even remember half the songs on the album, and I just finished it 10 minutes ago. I only remember 2 songs. I don't know what else to say about this album other than it's boring.

Favourite track (I could only remember 1): Iconic
Least favourite track: Holy Water
78
Living For Love: 90 
Devil Pray: 100 [Jewel Of Album] 
Ghosttown: 90 
Unapologetic Bitch: 100 
Illuminati: 70 
Bitch I'm Madonna: 85 
Hold Tight: 65 
Joan Of Arc: 75 
Iconic: 100
HeartBreakCity: 60 
Body Shop: 70
Holy Water: 85 
Inside Out: 60
Wash All Over Me: 65 
Best Night: 60 
Veni Vidi Vici: 70 
S.E.X.: 70
Messiah: 90 
Rebel Heart: 80
tha138
58
Her latest offer to the pop world might seem justified and partly spiritual but it can't overcome its overall dryness.
u4ya
92
This album is the best album since Confessions on a Dance Floor. When she works with the right people, she can create a great album like this
78
Living For Love: 90
Devil Pray: 100 [Jewel Of Album]
Ghosttown: 90
Unapologetic Bitch: 100
Illuminati: 70
Bitch I'm Madonna: 85
Hold Tight: 65
Joan Of Arc: 75
Iconic: 100
HeartBreakCity: 60
Body Shop: 70
Holy Water: 85
Inside Out: 60
Wash All Over Me: 65
Best Night: 60
Veni Vidi Vici: 70
S.E.X.: 70
Messiah: 90
Rebel Heart: 80
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#16/Popjustice
#45/Rolling Stone

Track List

  1. Living For Love
  2. Devil Pray
  3. Ghosttown
  4. Unapologetic Bitch
  5. Illuminati
  6. Bitch I'm Madonna
  7. Hold Tight
  8. Joan Of Arc
  9. Iconic
  10. HeartBreakCity
  11. Body Shop
  12. Holy Water
  13. Inside Out
  14. Wash All Over Me
  15. Best Night
  16. Veni Vidi Vici
  17. S.E.X.
  18. Messiah
  19. Rebel Heart
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